Drug Bust at Cairo School

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Authorities say four students at Cairo's Washington Middle School are back in the custody of their parents after a locker search by school officials uncovered a large amount of marijuana.

It all started as a routine locker check at Washington Middle, but finding three pounds of marijuana stashed inside four lockers was anything but routine.

INV Dewayne Pearson with Cairo police says, "Drugs in that age group of children, 14 to 16, is not uncommon. It is uncommon to see this quantity of drugs with children that young."

The school's resource officer says the locker room search by a staff member and football coach uncovered drugs in only one locker at first.

OFC Duke Donaldson, School Resource Officer, says, "We did a search of the rest of the lockers in the locker room and found another quantity of marijuana and then called the police chief, which he sent over some more officers and the drug task force."

The investigation now spearheaded by agents from the Southwest Georgia Drug Task Force and Cairo Police will focus on finding out where the drugs are coming from.

In a statement to WCTV, Grady County Schools Superintendent Steve Wooten expresses regret over the incident, but says he's happy with the school's response, and says the students will be punished.

As for the charges in this case, Cairo police say all four students are charged with possession of marijuana in addition to a separate possession of marijuana on school property charge.

Police say as they look for the supplier of the drugs, more arrests should be forthcoming in this case. Authorities say at this time it doesn't appear that that the dope that was seized was being sold.